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What You Should Know / November 27, 2011 -- German police battled thousands of anti-nuclear protestors Sunday, many chained to railroad tracks, who have caused delays as they try to block a train carrying radioactive waste. The convoy taking the German waste on a 1,200-kilometre (750-mile) journey from a reprocessing centre in northwestern France to a storage facility in northern Germany was at Lemgrabe, about 30 kilometres (19 miles) away from its final destination of Dannenberg, at 1800 GMT. After already stopping for 18 hours, including overnight, amid mass demonstrations, the train had only covered around 30 kilometres in four hours. Thousands of activists swarmed the tracks along the route near the train's final destination in Dannenberg and boasted that the odyssey's duration had now topped the 92-hour record set during a shipment one year ago. Police said they detained about 1,300 people, including some who had chained themselves to the railway, requiring tricky and time-consuming operations to free them before the train could slowly rumble on.

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